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  • Future Decoded Largest Microsoft event in the UK

    Are you looking to take your business further with technology, are you considering any of these to enhance your offerings or to streamline your business moving to the cloud working with iot using advanced analytics providing a more comprehensive disaster recovery understand the compliance of the cloud deliver or consume SAAS ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Tue, Aug 16 2016
  • Using Power BI to provide Team Foundation Server Dashboards–Webinar

    There is no point doing anything unless you know youve done it properly, so reporting on your DevOps process is critical to the feedback element of a DevOps practice. TFS has had some reporting capabilities but they're a little tired. For testing, the built in reports and charting capabilities in MTM and TFS will leave you asking for more. ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Mon, Jul 18 2016
  • When are things equal in this world and when are they not. The mystery of NULLs

    I was interested reading a post on the MVP group about DISTINCT FROM by Erland who was championing the IS DISTINCT FROM clause but had found a work around using INTERSECT. That led me to I dig into ansi and non ansi_null comparisons and what operators honour the setting and what ignore it.   To drive this I was doing a full join to find ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Sat, Jun 4 2016
  • Meet the SSMS and SSDT team and have your say on the future

    Are you a SQL Server user and use SQL Server Management Studio and think it could be better? Are there common tasks that you do that you think SSMS could do something to make easier? Are you trying to implement SSDT but are hitting problems? Do you use other tooling and would like some of those features in the core SQL Server tools?   If ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Mon, May 9 2016
  • Beauty is in the eye of the beholder – Building amazing Power BI reports

    I always am amazed at what can be done on websites and in reports and in general with technology today to make things look visually amazing. You only have to look at the animated movies nowadays to look at the extremes, or the videos of people using photo shop to morph a cat into a dog. Amazing.   What also never fails to surprise me is how ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Thu, Apr 14 2016
  • Reporting Services - Where have my data sources gone

    The SQL Server Reporting Services Manager web portal has been re-written for 2016.  and this has provided a number improvements that have made it very quick.   In doing that theyve made some changes to the UI. The first thing that got me was, where are my data sources. I had written a littel powershell script to upload reports, data ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Tue, Apr 5 2016
  • Reporting Services 2016 - Wow its quick

    I recently installed SQL Server 2016 on my surface to get all our SQLBits reports sorted. What I couldnt figure out was why it was so quick. I thought it might be because it was a local install and running on an SSD based surface but that couldnt account for the blazing difference with previous versions.   Well the answer is much ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Mon, Apr 4 2016
  • Feedback on SQL Server Documentation

    I had this from the SQL Team. If you care about documentation please provide feedback. The SQL Server writers are working to improve the documentation on MSDN/BOL, and we need your help. Please consider taking this short, 9-question survey (http://www.instant.ly/s/cwef3/nav#p/186a0 ) to send us your thoughts on how we can improve the ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Thu, Mar 17 2016
  • Auto install of PowerBI

    Having recently been having rebuilding my machine I finally decided to automate the process of installing the software I need. This was a life saver as I was reinstalling a few times to try and figure out why I wasnt getting sound on my external monitor. So I was gradually uninstalling everything until I found out that it was Hyper-v that was ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Thu, Mar 17 2016
  • SQL 2016 Technical Deep Dive Video – Upgrade

    This is the set of videos from the SQL Server Engineering Team on SQL Server 2016. This post is covering Upgrade. For the other groups of videos have a look at. Customer Stories And End To End Implementations Azure Big Data and Analytics BI, integration and reporting SQL Engine and TSQL Upgrade Tooling Videos on You ...
    Posted to Simons SQL Blog (Weblog) by simonsabin on Mon, Mar 14 2016
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